DALTON COMMUNITY CHURCH (Methodist/URC)
Dalton Community Church
The Market Street Church has a small church car park, mainly for the use of those with mobility problems. Otherwise parking is allowed in the local streets.
The church has disabled access, toilet for the disabled and a loop system.
At services a variety of traditional and modern hymns are sung, mostly from the hymn book, Singing the Faith (although no singing currently allowed due to COVID-19 regulations), and we normally use the Good News Bible.
Dalton Community Church
Market Street, LA 15 8RQ: All Sunday and Tuesday services take place here as well as coffee mornings and other events.
Wellington Street, LA 15 8AN: Tea and Chat and Thursday Club both take place here as well as some events.
Dalton United Reformed Church
The United Reformed Church is the union of four established churches: The Congregational Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Re-formed Association of Churches of Christ and the Congregational Union of Scotland.
In 1972 the Congregational Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England united to become the United Reformed Church, which subsequently united with the Re-formed Association of Churches of Christ in 1981 and the Congregational Union of Scotland in 2000.
In Dalton there were two small United Reformed Churches only about 300 yards apart, one in Market Street and one in Ulverston Road. In 1984 the two churches came together to worship in the Market Street Church.
Dalton Methodist Church
The Methodist Church building in Dalton was opened in 1864. At this time there were 3 strands of Methodism i.e. Wesleyan, Primitive and United. Wellington Street was built as a Wesleyan Chapel. There were also Primitive and United Methodist Chapels in Dalton. The United Methodist premises in Broughton Road ceased to meet in the 1930’s and after a spell as a slipper factory was demolished. The Primitive Methodist property in Cleater Street closed in 1958 and many active members transferred to Wellington Street. By this time there was only one strand of Methodism following the Deed of Union in 1932. The Wellington Street building has been extensively modified since this time. The large Balcony was taken out of use in the late 1970’s and a false ceiling installed and in 1997 the pews, screens and large pulpit were removed to form the present spacious multi-use building you see today. Further work on the entrance area was undertaken some 5 years later to produce the Coffee Area and Toilets.
150 not out!
In March 2019 we celebrated 150 years of worship in the Market Street building. An exhibition of various pictures and artefacts was staged to mark this milestone with more than 70 visitors coming to the event. A celebration service was led by Rev Zena Smith during which soprano Clare Eccles performed a solo from Handel’s Messiah and which was attended by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Dalton.
Our Vision for the Future
Dalton Community Church’s Refurbishment Project
Take two friendly congregations, one Methodist, one URC, both worshipping in town centre churches but conscious of financial pressures on maintaining 2 ageing buildings. Dalton Community Church started with the two congregations worshipping together on a regular basis in 2011 and then in 2016 a formal Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) was formed.
We currently still use the two buildings, but have decided to sell the former Methodist Church in Wellington Street (having taken advice that this would sell better, being in a residential street and suitable site for low cost housing) to reduce overhead costs (insurance, standing charges for utilities, etc.) and move all activities into the former United Reformed Church in Market Street. This building dates from 1868 onwards, and is situated on the main street running through Dalton-in-Furness.
Community members of all ages use our facilities for coffee mornings, and we have a Holiday Club, a drop-in free café (“Tea and Chat”), and a social club (“Thursday Club”) for the elderly, all run by the church but open to any members of the community. Hirers of the premises include the local Stroke Support group.
Currently the building at Market Street has only one inside toilet in an unheated room and the only toilet accessible by wheelchair is in an outside shed. We wish to make our property more user-friendly for the whole of the community, including the elderly and families as well as local groups. To do this we need to provide better disabled access, kitchen facilities, toilets and storage facilities.
Since 2016 we have been raising money for our Market Street Refurbishment Project. The first priority is to get all rooms of our existing building on the same level. This will be achieved by raising the floor of the hall so that it is level with the worship area. Access will be via a shallow ramp at the hall entrance, which will be linked to the car park by a new path. We then wish to demolish the existing kitchen and toilet facilities and although our initial plan was to rebuild on that area, we have now scaled that down to dividing the space in the existing hall to provide a replacement kitchen, toilets both suitable and accessible for the disabled, and a small office and storage areas.
The worship area of the Church will then become the only large space, and it will be where both services and community activities take place. The existing balcony, the baptistry, and the vestry walls will be removed to increase the area, which will help with the seating capacity for larger services, particularly weddings and funerals. The pipe organ from the Methodist Church will be rebuilt in one corner to preserve this well-respected instrument.
We want to make our church and its facilities a prominent feature within the community of Dalton and consider the building needs to offer more modern comfort factors to do this.
During the Spring of 2021 the whole of the roof was replaced with reclaimed Burlington Slate and solar panels built into the back section. Dalton Community Church are grateful to the URC North West Synod who covered the cost of these panels, and a further grant was received from the Baywind Energy Conservation Trust to help towards the cost of new roof insulation
We already have almost half the funding raised to complete the rest of the refurbishment, but any contributions to help us reach this goal are welcome. Social fundraising events have proved to be great fun, and a great way of introducing friends and family to the church but have sadly had to be abandoned during the pandemic.
The winning team at our fundraising ‘Soup and Quiz Evening’ in February 2020
2pm Communion service (sadly, no refreshments after services at the moment due to Covid -19)
Second Tuesday of the month
2.30pm Communion Service (30-40 Minutes)
Communion (which includes non-alcoholic wine) is offered to all attending these services.
Meets monthly for prayer and worship, usually in someone’s home – contact us for details
Summer Songs of Praise
Each July we hold an afternoon service outside on the church lawn, often inviting Dalton Town Band to come and play for us. Afternoon tea is served after the service.
Decorating the church
For special services, such as Harvest or Christmas we decorate our lovely large windowsills and windows
Dalton Community Church has a good relationship with Dalton St Mary’s Parish Church. Joint services are held during Lent and Easter, at Harvest, on Remembrance Sunday and during the Christmas season. We hold joint Bible Studies during Lent.
The Church is a member of Barrow and District Churches Together.
Dalton Civic Services
Dalton Mayors have used our churches for their Civic Services
Tea and Chat: Mondays, 10-11.30 am, at Wellington Street. A weekly drop-in, time to catch up with friends whilst having a drink.
Thursday Club: Thursdays, 2-4pm, at Wellington Street. We start with chair-based exercises, followed by a speaker or some activity, then refreshments and chat!
Social and fundraising events organised by church members
Organisations use our premises for Saturday coffee mornings and other events
For example, a Craft Fair:
In the Community
We are a Fairtrade church and support the annual Fairtrade Fortnight through our March Coffee Morning. Often cakes etc are made using Fair Trade ingredients and pieces are given out to people to try.
Teams4U Shoebox Appeal
For a number of years we have supported this appeal – in 2019 we sent 39 boxes (a record for us) to Eastern Europe.
Since 2016 we have organised a giant community Advent Calendar in Dalton involving 24 pictures. Each picture has been made by community groups such as Dalton Flower Club, Scouting, Guiding, Dalton Town Band, and Coronation House(residential home). These picture have then been kindly displayed by Mr and Mrs Atkinson in the windows of David Atkinson Car Sales.
The church supports Barrow Food Bank and the Food Hub run out of Hartington Street Methodist Church through individual members donating at local supermarkets and with collections in church just before the summer holidays, at Harvest and at Christmas time.
National and Local Events remembered
Commemorations such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and The Battle of the Somme in 2016. Most recently, in 2020, after the tragic deaths of three people from the same family in a car accident on the outskirts of Dalton, the church invited the people of Dalton to tie ribbons on its railing as a sign of their sympathy and condolence for the family’s loss.
Christmas Tree Festival at Dalton St Mary’s Parish Church
From the beginning of this festival the church has decorated a tree and each year has asked for donations for Furness Homeless Support Group. The pictures show us making decorations for our trees – sadly there is no picture of the trees in situ at St Mary’s.
Community cooperation with St Mary’s Parish Church
We co-operate for events such as the annual Dalton Carnival, mission based activities such as ‘Moving Mountains’ in 2018, events such as ‘What does Christmas Mean to you?’, and ‘Grave Matters’
For many years now the church has supported, with our buildings and volunteers, the running of an ecumenical Holiday Club for 5-11 year olds. The Holiday Club takes place over a week in the summer and also holds Afternoon events, often at Easter or Half term.
Flashbacks… to times with Jesus
This is another event run by an ecumenical team, taking place roughly every two years. Year 4 children from Dalton schools are invited to come to a morning or afternoon session at the Market Street church. They take part in activities, crafts and games which will hopefully allow them to learn more about Jesus.
Dalton Community Church is committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults and affirms that the needs of children or of people when they are vulnerable and at risk are paramount.
Statement of safeguarding principles
Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of humans in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We are committed to:
• the care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults
• safeguarding and protecting all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
• establishing safe, caring communities, which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.
We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.
We will respond without delay to every safeguarding concern, which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed, working in partnership with the police and local authority in any investigation.
We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
Working with the District Safeguarding Officer, we will support risk assessment of those who present a safeguarding risk within a church environment. We will ensure appropriate pastoral care is offered and measures are taken to address identified risks including referral to statutory agencies, suspension and the use of safeguarding contracts.
In all these principles, we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.